BaliYo Pen

A double-function pen-toy hybrid that entertains while fine-tuning motor skills

Derived from the natural inclination to flip and play with pens, BaliYo is simultaneously a toy and pen designed to maximize hand-eye coordination with its three-piece twirl-able construction. The center piece, a functioning ballpoint pen connected to two parallel arms, means that the symmetrically-sized pieces swing and rotate, changing speed and exertion as you play. The cleverly designed BaliYo structure allows for a number of …

Barbie Video Girl Doll

Barbie takes on the 21st Century with a new built-in video camera

Ever the modern woman, Barbie now offers kids a first-person perspective with a built-in video camera. The Barbie Video Girl features a camera lens in the (standard size) doll’s front and a color LCD video screen on her back for an all-in-one shooting and screening experience. In keeping with their fifty-year-long history of encouraging girls to imagine themselves in a multitude of career roles—from a …

Electronic Toy Design

Yury Gitman is teaching a course at Parson's this semester called Making Toys: The Insides and Outsides of Electronic Toy Design. The students spent the first part of the semester dissecting Poohs, Boohbahs and a Learning Friend Tad among others. Now they're just beginning to sketch out their own proojects. Check out the class blog for photos and videos of the dissections and continue to …